It remains to be seen whether recent developments will upset the semblance of
order that Dominique
Archie has arranged as far as his recruitment is concerned. The
6-7,190-pound senior forward from Augusta (GA) Josey has a leader in his small
field of three schools, with a late entrant starting to make a little bit of
“South Carolina is my leading school right now, mostly because its close to
home,” Archie told TechSideline.com, adding that he slightly favors the
Gamecocks over Virginia Tech at this time. ”UConn just came in on me though in
August, but right now South Carolina has a narrow lead.”
Archie indicated that he will officially tour the South Carolina campus on
September 10th, and TheInsiders.com reported recently that he will visit
Virginia Tech the following weekend.
While the Gamecocks have emerged at the head of the pack, Archie indicated
that he is keeping an open mind where Virginia Tech is concerned.
“I like Virginia Tech because they are in the ACC and I have always wanted
to play in the ACC,” said Archie. ”They also have my major (Civil
Engineering) and that is a big strength for any school.”
In fact, academics will play a prominent role when Archie decides to make a
final decision, although his time frame for that isn’t as certain.
“The first thing that any school has to have for me is that they gotta have
my major, which will be Civil Engineering. Some schools have recruited me that
didn’t have my major and I have eliminated them,” Archie said. ”I want to
sign in the fall, but I don’t know how all of it (recruiting) is going to go.
“The school that I choose doesn’t have to be real close to home, but I
don’t want a place that is too far away.”
Archie indicated that both the Hokies and Gamecocks have extended scholarship
offers to him, and while he loves the new attention that he is getting from
Connecticut, he also is starting to tire a bit of the entire process.
“I really like that the coaches are calling me, because that means that
they like me a lot,” Archie stated. ”But, now I am starting to want to get
it all over with and it is starting to aggravate me a little now.”
When Archie does finally cast his ballot, he hopes to be able to concentrate
on his senior season at Josey and work on improving his weaknesses and honing
his strengths, before his college arrival next fall.
“I need to work on my strength and I know that. Getting stronger will help
me in every way and it will help me from getting pushed around,” said Archie.
”I think that I will be a small forward at the next level, so my ability to
get to the basket well will help me there and I have really worked on and
improved my shooting since last year, especially my game off the dribble.”
Nivins Changes Gears
After entertaining thoughts of becoming the country’s second tallest
baseball player, to Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson, 6-9 Ahmad
Nivins dropped baseball as his primary sport and recently started
concentrating on basketball.
“I just picked up basketball about a year or so ago at this time and I had
been playing baseball all of my life up until that time,” Nivins told
TechSideline.com. ”I didn’t feel that my height was a problem because Randy
Johnson and Richie Sexton play baseball and they are pretty good. I just started
watching NBA games more and just started liking basketball more and I am having
more fun with that now.”
The 210-pound senior Center/Forward averaged a modest 6 points and 7 rebounds
a game last year coming off the bench for nationally known St. Anthony’s HS in
Jersey City (NJ). Nivins expects those figures to improve this year and if the
attention that he is garnering on the recruiting trail is an indication, his
thoughts are not without foundation.
Nivins has five primary schools that he is looking at, with several others
still in the hunt.
“St. Joseph’s, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Rutgers and Rhode Island are
pretty much the schools that I have narrowed it to, but those aren’t really my
final five,” stated Nivins, in response to which schools he was currently
concentrating on the most. “Miami, Ohio State, Baylor and UMass are still not
off the radar, and Clemson has offered me and Virginia Tech is showing a lot of
interest in me.”
While the Hokies are not currently among the first wave of schools with
Nivins, he has not completely shut the door on them.
“They (Virginia Tech) haven’t offered, but they are showing interest,”
Nivins said. “I am pretty interested and I haven’t completely eliminated
them, but they are on the outside looking in now.”
Nivins indicated that each of the schools among his current top five has
offered him, and he is leaning in the direction of signing in the spring, rather
than during the opening signing period.
“I just visited Seton Hall last week (unofficially) and I would say that
the conference that gets on television the most would be my favorite, because my
main goal is to make it to the NBA,” said Nivins. ”I am looking for playing
time, to be able to come in and play and to find a college that will teach me on
and off the court and help me learn more about the game.
“I want to be seen on television and location will be somewhat of a factor
because I am sure that my parents will want to see me play.”
While a relative novice on the basketball court, Nivins still feels that his
improvement has placed him in a position where he can make his mark on the floor
“I think that my biggest improvement has come from going out and being
tougher mentally. I learned a lot about that and really everything from Coach
(Bobby) Hurley,” continued Nivins, referring to his coach at St. Anthony’s.”
I used to doubt myself a lot but I think I showed this summer a lot of what I
could do. I showed my inside/outside game and my versatility and I think it was
a real positive summer for me during the July evaluation period.”